US Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets At Gulfstream Park on Friday

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US Racing Tips

With British and Irish racing still under lockdown, all eyes have turned to America. You can watch most of the races live on Sky Sports Racing or on the bet365 website.

Here is our through-the card guide to the meeting at Gulfstream Park and our best US racing tips of the day

ABSAM (Gulfstream Park race 1, 1m½f turf, 5.00pm)

Some talented juveniles look set to strut their stuff in the opener at Gulfstream Park in an effort to shed their maiden tag and preference is for Absam. Owned by Sheikh Hamdan, he was badly hampered approaching the final turn on his debut and lost all chance. He should also improve for the application of first-time blinkers and can turn around form with favourite Counterstrike.

MIZ CHAPLIN (Gulfstream Park race 2, 6f dirt, 5.34pm)

It’s difficult to see past likely favourite Miz Chaplin who bolted home by four lengths on only her second career start at this track last time. Was subsequently claimed by trainer Saffie Joseph Jr, who sends this three-year-old filly out after a 140-day break. Obviously will need to be fully fit for this return but is the clear standout on form.

GRAN CHAMPAGNE (Gulfstream Park race 3, 6f dirt, 6.05pm)

Made a more than adequate start to his career when finishing third on his debut and should improve for that run. Top jockey Tyler Gaffalione takes over from a 5lb claimer in the saddle and he should be able to steer Gran Champagne home over the debutant Tapping, who has reportedly been posting some decent times in his workouts at the track.

NOBLE ALMA (Gulfstream Park race 4, 5f turf, 6.36pm)

There looks likely to be a hot favourite in this race in the shape of First Wave, who reverts to turf for the first time since finishing a creditable second on his debut. But he might have to give best to Noble Alma who ran a decent race when runner-up earlier this month on his first start for more than a year. The form of that race reads well, with fifth placed Bramble Berry coming out to win next time, so Noble Alma should again give her best.

LOOKING FOR MORE (Gulfstream Park race 5, 6f dirt, 7.08pm)

A tough race to solve despite just the seven runners but it could be worth taking a chance on Looking For More. This four-year-old has been plying his trade over seven furlongs and a mile of late and, despite registering a win over seven, he looks to have been struggling to see out his races. Not short of pace, the drop back to this trip looks tailor-made for this filly to get her head back in front.

ROCHAMBEAU (Gulfstream Park race 6, 1m turf, 7.39pm)

Clearly not been the easiest to train with the four-year-old racing just five times in two years but he has shown plenty of ability. Finished a good third on his last start and the winner and seventh from that race won next time, which gives the form a solid look. Could be worth chancing in what looks a decent race for the grade.

CANDY CRUSHEM (Gulfstream Park race 7, 1m dirt, 8.10pm)

Ran his best race for a while when staying on strongly from a long way back to claim third at this track earlier this month. Trainer Monica McGoey has trained three winners from her last seven runners, so her string is clearly in good form and Candy Crushem looks poised to strike.

CAPTAIN RON (Gulfstream Park race 8, 5f turf, 8.41pm)

Has an outside draw to overcome but never runs a bad race, with four wins, two seconds and a third-placed finish in his last seven starts. The seven-year-old represents in-form trainer Rohan Crichton, who has had four winners and three placed finishes from his last nine runners. Captain Ron is in great form and should again go close.

EDGE OF FIRE (Gulfstream Park race 9, 1m dirt, 9.12pm)

Was hugely impressive on debut, showing a sharp turn of foot without really coming off the bridle at this course back in February. That marked him out as a horse to follow and it’s interesting to note that top rider Tyler Gaffalione has chosen him above a couple of other rivals he rode last time. Edge Of Fire looks massively overpriced at around 16/1.

BACCHANALIA (Gulfstream Park race 10, 1m1f turf, 9.43pm)

Silver Kitten sets the standard on form here having finished second at Grade 3 level on her last start but it could be worth siding with the improving Bacchanalia, who represents the powerful combination of trainer Chad Brown and jockey Joel Rosario. She made an eyecatching wide run around the final turn before winning here on her last start and, although she is facing tougher competition, she is open to plenty of improvement after just four career starts.

BEE CATCHER (Gulfstream Park race 11, 1m1f turf, 10.14pm)

Bee Catcher was extremely disappointing when upped to Grade 3 class last time, finishing tenth of 11 runners, but a quick glance at the replay shows him badly missing the break after rearing at the start. It’s best to draw a line through that run and he’d earlier showed a great deal of promise when winning here in January. That form has been franked several times since and Bee Catcher can take advantage of a drop in grade to return to winning ways.